February 14: A Requiem

And this is definitely outside the normal paradigm of Valentine's Day episodes

Valentine’s Day in anime is usually portrayed in about four different ways. I’d would call these apprehension or aggression on the female side and hope or fatigue on the male side. There are variations on these of course, but they generally go within this framework on the decision on type of chocolate the girl gives to a boy or whether the boy gets anything at all. White Day, on the other hand, may as well not exist.

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40 Seasons in 40 Days: Winter 2007

Taking vicious right crosses repeatedly isn't really an ideal way to spend a summer afternoon.

In a comparison of each half of this decade, I can probably safely say I have completed more in this half than in the malaise era first half. So it came as a bit of a surprise that in the middle of it I actually managed my lowest total of completions. In fact, only one of these two items was watched during the actual season. Plus, it was absolutely awful. Some good did come out of it all about a year later when I added the other one.

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40 Seasons in 40 Days: Fall 2006

Just something for the female and non-traditional male readers.

The fall of 2006 was an interesting season. Visual novel adaptations had never really worked out in practice, but yet this season they truly piled them up. There were a couple of shows which attracted massive numbers of fans. I would lean toward this being one of the better seasons of the decade even with the amount of crap I watched. Continue reading 40 Seasons in 40 Days: Fall 2006